CELL PHONE (noun) 1. A mobile radiotelephone that uses a network of short-range transmitters located in overlapping cells throughout a region, with a central station making connections to regular telephone lines. THAT'S A LOT OF TALK. The number of cell-phone subscribers jumped from 5.2 million in 1990 to 86 million in 1999 to 158 million in 2003, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. During the same time, the average length of calls steadily increased, from 2.2 minutes in 1990 to 2.87 ...

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